Register with GEF for FREE to enjoy these great benefits! 

    • member only contests and raffles

    • sustainability program news and updates

    • significant discounts at GEF Institute

Note: If you have problems registering, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Taking a GEF Institute Course? Login by clicking here.






Join Us

Sign Up for National Green Week!
Please note: Your privacy is very important to GEF. We do not share or sell any of your data.  It is with the sole purpose of providing you with relevant information that GEF will contact you.

Welcome to the Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Here, you can find free sustainability lessons to use in your class and upload your own lessons to share. Be sure to rate the lessons you use and leave comments for your colleagues!

All of GEF's lessons and programs are offered at no cost.  Become a member to support GEF and enjoy member only benefits! 
Join button_03

Professional Development

GEFinstitute LOGO_WEB GEF Institute offers affordable, online sustainability courses eligible for professional development or academic credit.
Give your resume a boost!

Sponsor a Teacher

Support educators in your community by helping them earn a Certificate in Sustainability or take an online course. Find out more about sponsorship!
Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse

Energy Efficiency in the Home

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to:
  • understand that collectively, our daily routines can have a significant environmental and economic impact.
  • identify several ways to reduce energy consumption in the home.
  • analyze a set of data for possible energy wasting activities and use that information to design a solution that results in higher energy efficiency.
  • present their solution to a problem in an organized and efficient manner.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Standards Addressed:
Students will:
-use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
-develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence.
-think critically and logically to make the relationships between evidence and explanations.
-recognize and analyze alternative explanations and predictions.
-communicate scientific procedures and explanations.
-different kinds of questions require different kinds of scientific investigations, including observing and describing, collecting, experimentation, research, discovery, and making models.
-current knowledge and understanding guide scientific investigations.
-technology enhances accuracy and allows scientists to analyze and quantify results.
-scientific explanations emphasize evidence, have logical arguments, and use scientific principles, models, and
-scientific investigations sometimes result in new ideas and phenomena for study, generate new methods or procedures for an investigation, or develop new technologies to improve the collection of data.
-energy is a property of many substances and is associated with heat, light, electricity, mechanical motion, sound, nuclei, and the nature of a chemical.
-science influences society through its knowledge and world view. the effect of science on society is neither entirely beneficial nor entirely detrimental.
Materials Needed:
  • standard appliance energy consumption chart
  • energy efficient appliance consumption chart 
  • energy audit worksheet 
  • Download attached document for complete list of materials

School or Group:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf efficiency_energyinhome.pdf
Located in: Science

The Sustainability Lesson Clearinghouse is brought to you in partnership with

Center for Green Schools